One of my favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation is the two parter “Unification.” This is the episode where rumor has it Spock (yes, THE pSock) has defected to the Romulans. Picard and Data go in a covert operation to find out if this is true.
It’s odd what memories you have concerning your childhood. When we heard that this episode was coming up, we threw a party. My dad, step-mom, Trekkies and us little nerdlings all came together to watch these episodes. Why? Because Spock was coming back! And he wasn’t just coming back as any ol’ Spock, he was now Ambassador Spock. Ambassador for the United Federation of Planets. Ambassador for his home planet of Vulcan.
And what was it Spock wanted to do? Something amazing! He wanted to unite the Romulans and the Vulcans. They were once one but they separated and went their different directions a millennium ago. He came in peace to bring peace by preaching a message of this peace.
Now what does this have to do with anything? Good question. A lot. Did you know that if you’re a Christian, you’re also an ambassador?
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
That puts us on the same level as Spock. It’s a completely new name. And I know Spock’s been called a number of them over the years, good and bad. And with most of them, Spock’s not impressed. But as an ambassador, there’s nothing more that he would want to do. He knows who he is regardless of what may come.
I’ve blogged (is that verb now?) over and over again, knowing who you are is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Spock knew with assurance that as an ambassador, he was a representative who came to bring peace to two warring peoples.
There’s another person like that as well. A man named Paul who called himself an ambassador in chains because he was constantly arrested. He too knew who he was and what he was called.
So, what’s your name?
What’re you called?
We can go through life fleeting from one thing to the next. We can get our britches in a twist when we do that, you know. If we’re just running back and forth trying to figure it out, then we’re like a star ship tossed in the eddies of space.
Do you want to be an ambassador? Do you want to be someone who brings this message of peace–a peace with God and with others? This is one of the greatest new names you might ever receive.
What is your name?